Serie A

  • 'My performances are judged differently ...

    Emre Can has expressed his disappointment in Germany manager Joachim Low for snubbing him once again after the Juventus midfielder was left out of the squad for the upcoming international fixtures against Serbia and Netherlands. Since joining Juventus on a free transfer last sum...

    'My performances are judged differently abroad' - Can unhappy with Germany snub

    Emre Can has expressed his disappointment in Germany manager Joachim Low for snubbing him once again after the Juventus midfielder was left out of the squad for the upcoming international fixtures against Serbia and Netherlands. Since joining Juventus on a free transfer last summer, Can has been one of the top performers for the Old Lady but Low has once again opted to leave him at home after only selecting him for one squad in the past 12 months. The former Liverpool man believes his talents are appreciated more throughout the continent than in his homeland after he was overlooked once more. "I realise that, in foreign countries, my performances are certainly judged differently than in Germany," he told Sport Bild. The midfielder has regrets about not being called up to the 2018 World Cup squad, saying that he hoped reaching the Champions League final, where Liverpool lost to Real Madrid, would be enough to convince Low to make him a late addition to the party. He added: "Since I was still in the Champions League final, I hoped [for a call-up], of course, until the end. But, if you failed a few months in advance, you have to accept the decision." Can also lamented the communication he had with the national team set-up during this time, claiming that neither Low nor any of his coaches contacted him in the build-up to the tournament in Russia. "However, I was already disappointed that no one from the coaching staff called me at this time or even asked, 'How are you?' Only the DFB doctors have asked about me." Low has named a squad packed with youngsters for the games against Serbia and Netherlands, but there was still no place for the 25-year-old The Germany coach has been looking to introduce a new look to his side after being eliminated in the group stage in Russia and relegated from the Nations League, and in recent weeks he has stated that Thomas Muller, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng would not play for the national team again during his tenure. In his latest squad, Low called up 10 players who have made five appearances or less for the national team, looking towards the likes of Kai Havertz and Niklas Stark to carry the four-time world champions into this new era.  

  • Inter Milan risk San Siro stand closure ...

    Inter Milan have been handed a one-game ban for racist chants that was directed towards AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie. Before his substitution in the second half, the 22-year-old was subjected to racist abuse as the Rossoneri fell to a 3-2 loss against their bitter rivals on...

    Inter Milan risk San Siro stand closure after Franck Kessie racist chants

    Inter Milan have been handed a one-game ban for racist chants that was directed towards AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie. Before his substitution in the second half, the 22-year-old was subjected to racist abuse as the Rossoneri fell to a 3-2 loss against their bitter rivals on Sunday.   On Tuesday, the Italian Football Federation judiciary stated that supporters from the Curva Nord area of the San Siro were heard to have directed racist chants towards Kessie in the seventh and 39th minute of the encounter. Consequently, the FIGC have given Luciano Spalleti's side a one-game stand closure as punishment for the racist abuse but it will only take effect if their fans repeat such behaviour in any fixture. Kessie was replaced by Andrea Conti in the 69th minute, however, his substitution did not go down well as he was involved in a row with Lucas Biglia - a situation that forced both players to apologise to manager Gennaro Gattuso after the game. Early this year, Inter Milan were forced to two games behind closed doors after Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly was racially abused by supporters during a Boxing Day fixture at the San Siro.

  • Torino wing-back Ola Aina hit with three...

    Ola Aina has been handed a three-match ban after he was sent off in Torino's clash against Bologna at the weekend, the Serie A committee confirmed on Tuesday. The wing-back was shown a second yellow card in the stoppage time of the 3-2 defeat, and thus, sent off. Aina, who apol...

    Torino wing-back Ola Aina hit with three-match ban

    Ola Aina has been handed a three-match ban after he was sent off in Torino's clash against Bologna at the weekend, the Serie A committee confirmed on Tuesday. The wing-back was shown a second yellow card in the stoppage time of the 3-2 defeat, and thus, sent off. Aina, who apologised for his action on Instagram, was handed a match suspension for accumulating five yellow cards in the league, while his display of “intimidating attitude” towards referee Maurizio Mariani earned him further bans. This season, the former Hull City defender has been impressive since moving to Italy in the summer, helping eighth-placed Torino to keep 10 clean sheets in 24 league appearances, and weighing with a goal. His suspension will see him miss games against Fiorentina, Sampdoria and Parma, with the chance to return to Walter Mazzarri squad ahead of Cagliari clash on April 14. Aina, though, is on the sidelines and withdrew from the Nigeria squad that will face Seychelles in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers and Egypt friendly on March 22 and 24 respectively. The 22-year-old was replaced with Akwa United forward Ndifreke Effiong.

  • Icardi considered part of Inter 'family'...

    Mauro Icardi's stand-off with Inter could soon be resolved, according to the Serie A club's general manager Giuseppe Marotta. Icardi has not played since he was stripped of the captaincy in February, as talks over a new contract reportedly broke down. Marotta has since held pos...

    Icardi considered part of Inter 'family' as Marotta seeks end to stand-off & Real Madrid rumours

    Mauro Icardi's stand-off with Inter could soon be resolved, according to the Serie A club's general manager Giuseppe Marotta. Icardi has not played since he was stripped of the captaincy in February, as talks over a new contract reportedly broke down. Marotta has since held positive talks with Icardi's wife and agent Wanda Nara, although the Inter striker remains sidelined with a supposed knee injury. But Marotta believes that the situation is close to a resolution, insisting that the decision to hand the captain's armband to Samir Handanovic was not a punishment for Icardi. "I hope the situation can mend itself," Marotta told reporters. "We're a family and parents must make decisions for the sake of their children, but they're not punishments. They're made so the kids can grow and get better. "That's how our decision should be interpreted. I hope we can mend this rift as quickly as possible because Icardi is a good lad who has given a lot to Inter and can still give us so much. "Now he's struggling with a knee problem. We hope it heals as quickly as possible and that he returns to the group after rehabilitation." Icardi's absence was felt by Inter as they went out of the Europa League on Thursday, but Luciano Spalletti's side responded in style by beating rivals AC Milan 3-2 in a thrilling Derby della Madonnina on Sunday, moving them up to third place in Serie A. Nara has suggested that the 26-year-old could soon return, despite ongoing talk suggesting that he is destined to head for the likes of Real Madrid. She has told Tiki Taka: "I talked to Marotta and peace is near. If Mauro meets up with the coach on Friday, they will have to talk to each other. "Mauro is recovering from the knee problem, which is real. "He didn't skip a day and before he always played through pain, to show how much he cares about Inter. As soon as he is able he will come back, there are no problems with the team. "We've reviewed all the players' statements and no one has ever spoken ill of Icardi. They say so many things but people confuse me with my husband, what he thinks is not what I think. He never asked for a raise and not it has never been a question of money."

  • 'Phenomenal athlete' Ronaldo inspiring f...

    Cristiano Ronaldo has been branded “a phenomenal athlete” by UFC star Conor McGregor, with the Juventus forward considered to be a “perfectionist” who sets the standard for individual excellence. At 34 years of age, a footballer who has been at the top of his trade for well over...

    'Phenomenal athlete' Ronaldo inspiring fellow 'perfectionist' & UFC star Conor McGregor

    Cristiano Ronaldo has been branded “a phenomenal athlete” by UFC star Conor McGregor, with the Juventus forward considered to be a “perfectionist” who sets the standard for individual excellence. At 34 years of age, a footballer who has been at the top of his trade for well over a decade is seen as an inspirational figure for those around the sporting world. MMA enigma McGregor is among those who look up to the former Manchester United and Real Madrid icon despite having reached the summit of his own profession. “Cristiano is a phenomenal athlete, person, and entrepreneur,” McGregor told FIFA of a man he has crossed paths with in the past. “His all-around discipline, perfectionist attitude, and dedication to his craft is inspiring and has inspired so many young children to play football. “Just look what he did recently in the Champions League, at 34 years young, a hat-trick under the lights when the pressure was on for all the marbles. And against Atletico Madrid, one of the best defensive sides in Europe. That is inspiring! “We are both disciplined athletes at the top of our game.” Another mercurial talent that McGregor has a lot of respect for is Swedish frontman Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He is now 37 years of age but still delivering talismanic performances within the ranks of MLS for the LA Galaxy. The ex-United, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain frontman has claimed in the past that “Conor McGregor is the Zlatan Ibrahimovic of MMA”. The man himself is not buying that, but concedes that he would welcome the opportunity to work with the likes of Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba if they ever wanted to swap the field for the octagon. “I respect Zlatan and his positive-winning-mentality mindset, but let’s get this straight: there is only one Conor McGregor!” said the Irish superstar. “Zlatan Ibrahimovic is trying to be the Conor McGregor of football – good luck to him. “Zlatan and Paul Pogba are welcome to come and train with me whenever they like.” McGregor is an avid follower of United and has welcomed the recent reversal in fortune enjoyed by Pogba and Co at Old Trafford under the guidance of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. He added: “Ole Gunnar is a special man! I think he’s done an incredible job with United. They have to give him the job permanently. “You can feel the pride and passion he has for the club and its history, and see the players honoured to wear the Red Devils crest under him. He’s really got the players performing. “I think the same as a proud Irish man representing my home country of Ireland. Ole’s at the wheel, tell me how good does it feel!”

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